Thursday, July 28, 2011


I've just been reading back through some of my posts, and I've realised that I really need to post some photos. I'm not going to promise anything, but I'm going to try and get some up soon.

Thankful Thought Thursday

Well at least I'm getting my Thursday post up. I will have to try harder to get posts up during the week. I've been doing that thing where I put a post together in my head, and my fingers then think that I've actually typed it when I haven't.

I have stuff to say, stuff to tell, but I just forget to type it at the moment. And before you know it it's Thursday again.

It's been a busy couple of weeks with no relief for a couple more. Events coming up include a birthday party (cakes and costumes), a weekend away, relatives staying, another party (more food, costumes, decorations and cakes), a fundraising dinner for school (more costumes to make) and friends coming to stay. Then we will be through August and I can breathe. But all the while I will be organising a Market Day for school too (more of that to come SOON).

Today I am thankful for the ability to be a stay at home mum. I feel blessed that we are in a position where I don't have to work, and we can still maintain a pretty good lifestyle. I know that there are families out there that one parent works their butt off so that one parent can stay home, and others that both parents have to work to only just make ends meet. There is no other option.

I think these families are amazing. I think that they need a great big pat on the back for the great work that they do. So if you fall into that category, give yourself that well-earned pat on your back, you deserve it.

But I often find myself wondering how they get it all done, and just lately, what do they do when they have a sick child? I know that there is sick leave and parental leave, and that employers are meant to allow that leave to be taken when required, but I also know that there are employers out there who talk the talk, but frown when the leave is actually taken.

Just prior to the holidays Ardyn came down with gastro and I was called into school to pick her up and she ended up off school for a couple of days. Now, only 4 weeks later, I have Bailey home with a cold/flu thing for a couple. What do working parents do when this happens? You can't schedule when your kids get sick or for how long. Are employers that flexible if they are sick for an extended period of time? Or what if you have multiple kids who happen to get sick one after the other? What if you're like me and have no family that you can call on to help? And even so, when your little ones are sick, they want their mummy, not grandma, or their babysitter/nanny. And I want to be there for them.

It just makes me thankful that I have the ability to stay here with my kids, and be there to pick them up from school and just spend the day cuddling them when they are sick. I know that every parent wants to, but sometimes they just can't. That would kill me, and I just want to share that I don't take our position for granted, and I hope that my kids (one day) realise how lucky they are to have a parent home for them without having to give up a lot.

I know that it's only been the last few years that I have appreciated all the sacrifices my parents made so that mum could stay at home when we were young - including the career sacrifices my mum made. You don't understand it as a kid, but you certainly do as an adult. And I am thankful.

I'm thinking that I may have to schedule a weekly post that gives a shout out to someone, or a group of well deserving people who are often under rated. If I did, this week's would be to the working parents. You are all amazing!!!!! (pat pat pat)

Enough for now. I'm off to enjoy my evening with my kids.
K xx

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thought Thursday

Today I am thankful for Ardyn's therapist. She is giving us the tools to help deal with her anxieties.

We're getting there. Slowly.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thought Thursday

Hiya all. I've been away (literally) and am apologetic for not updating.

Today's thankful girls and Walt Disney.

Today I have had a truly wonderful day. I am downloading some photos as we speak, but am too tired to upload just now. I'll give it a go tomorrow. Quick words for now.

I had a great talk with my girls this morning, and during this talk I began to understand how understanding and accepting they really are. I'm not sure if it's their age or their personalities, but I had a real insight as to how lucky I am to have them in my life.

Then we spent the morning at Disney on Ice followed by lunch and a play at Bicentennial Park. It was a purely indulgent day, and I LOVED that I could give it to my girls. It was magical, innocent and AWESOME.

Thank you Mr Disney for giving us such wonderful characters and stories that children of all ages can love and adore. I now can't wait until we travel to Disneyland in 2013. MAGIC, at any age is a gift to be thankful for.

I am blessed.
K xx

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I hate depression

It sneaks itself up on you when you least expect it. It's a silent menace.
Interferes with your life and completely alters the way that you think about things.
Makes you doubt - yourself and others. You can't think clearly. Judgement is cloudy.
It's a horrible feeling.

If you suffer, you know what I'm talking about.
And I'm not even that bad. I have friends who are medicated for their depression, I can get myself out of mine, can usually prevent it if I feel it coming. But it sucks when it sneaks up on you and attacks from behind when you least expect it.

It's here, and I didn't see it coming this time.

Now is not the day for it. I don't need it today.